In 1964, two undergraduate students presented the idea of having a national conference for physics students. C.S. Kalman (McGill University) and L. Rosen (University of Toronto) planned the conference, which proved to be a great success. From then on, the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC) continued as an annual event, hosted by a different Canadian university each year. The 55th annual conference will be held for the fourth time at McGill University, its founding institution.

The CUPC is a four-day event organized by and for Canadian undergraduate physics students. Undergraduates from across Canada share their work in research projects they are directly involved in, on topics covering a diverse range of sub-fields in physics, through both oral and poster presentations.Students also have the opportunity to attend plenary lectures, academic workshops, and laboratory tours at the host university. Initiated in 2014 and iterated annually, the Graduate Studies & Industry Fair, as well as the Career Panel, also have been proven to be strong platforms for the attendees to network with university and company representatives, as well as to explore career options in both academia and industry following the completion of their undergraduate studies.

Our team motto for CUPC 2019 is “Accessibility, Curiosity, Diversity”. We thrive to provide an intellectually stimulating platform for the brightest young minds in physics across Canada. The registration fee is dependent on sponsorships and friendly donations. The planning committee also works to ensure accessibility of venues, as well as the ability to accommodate dietary restrictions and other special needs.

Yilin (Chair '19) presenting at CUPC 2018

Dr. Sangeeta Murugkar giving a plenary lecture at CUPC 2017

Antoine (Finance Coordinator '19) presenting at CUPC 2018

Dr. Kalman, co-founder of CUPC, speaking at CUPC 2015